Last August 2019, YMCA Staff and Residents got the chance to go on a trip of a lifetime to celebrate ‘YMCA 175’ at the Excel Centre in London. The four-day event saw YMCAs and young people from 120 countries come together, to share ideas, discuss concepts and talk about concerns from each and every corner of the globe!
Programmes and learning opportunities included inspiring lectures, interactive workshops and thought-provoking keynote speakers, as well as a broad choice of training and education sessions.
Across the four days, staff and residents got to explore London, participate in exciting sport, health and wellbeing activities and were also given the opportunity to explore the YMCA’s long history with physical activity, including NBA Basketball. Elements of the programme also celebrated YMCA’s Christian identity and heritage.
All of this was taken in by our residents and staff and allowed them to enjoy one of the busiest and breath-taking weeks in their YMCA journeys. They had an absolutely amazing time and enjoyed connecting with YMCA’s from all over the world!
We look forward to maintaining connections with other YMCA’s and continuing to build strong relationships from the positive and inspiring foundations that YMCA 175 laid.